Comparison Of Indigenous Vs. Factory-made Activated Carbon Fabric Masks In Reducing Blood Lead Levels Among Factory Workers In Mangalore, India � A Pilot Study | 3196
ISSN: 2161-0711

Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education
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Comparison of indigenous vs. factory-made activated carbon fabric masks in reducing blood lead levels among factory workers in Mangalore, India � A Pilot Study

International Conference on Occupational Health & Safety Summit

Ajee Kuruvilla, VV Pillay, Prabha Adhikari, T Venkatesh and Chakrapani M

ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Community Med Health Edu

DOI: 10.4172/2161-0711.S1.002

A pilot study was conducted among battery workers with high blood lead levels, in Mangalore, India to compare the effectiveness of using Indigenous vs. Factory made ACF masks. The study was conducted for 7 workers with high blood lead levels. Their blood levels showed a relative decrease with indigenous ACF masks. Later, factory made ACF masks were used by the same workers. Results indicate that the indigenous ACF masks were relatively more effective in reducing blood lead levels.

Dr Ajee Kuruvilla is a Professor in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the International Medical School of MS Ramaiah Campus in Bangalore, India. She has been teaching Medical students since 1991, after her Post Graduation in Forensic Science. She completed her PhD in Toxicology in 2006 from Manipal University, India. Her research interests are in Lead Toxicity. She is published in several International Journals like Toxicology and Industrial Health and International Journal of Legal Medicine.

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